Frames are borders. They define the limits between two spaces. But borders can be deceptive, with people easily forgetting that they were created—not pre-existing.
Why do people make a frame for a painting in the first place? To enable people to see where created worlds begin.
But I feel compelled to paint frames, to change the nature of the borders.
When I'm painting a frame on the canvas as a motif, I'm focusing on the limit. The outside of the painting becomes the inside, and vice-versa. Where the painting begins and ends becomes unclear; where my depiction begins and ends becomes unclear.
Painting mixes with the physical world. The contrivance of painting and the naturalness of the real world intermingle and become one. Everything is touching.
—Michiko Fujii Fowler, December 2019